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'Fortnight' about religious freedom, not politics, archbishop says

ATLANTA -- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said June 13 that the U.S. bishops' Fortnight for Freedom campaign has come under heavy criticism in the secular media, in the blogosphere and by some Catholics as being a partisan political effort.

But the two-week period is meant to be free of politics and will emphasize Church teaching on religious freedom, the chairman of the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Freedom said in Atlanta.

Bishops discuss religious liberty, economy, 10-year review of charter

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, left, and and Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta prepare to vote on an action item during the U.S. bishops' mid-year meeting in Atlanta June 13. (

ATLANTA — During the public sessions of their spring meeting in Atlanta, the U.S. bishops received a 10-year progress report on their abuse charter, voted to draft a message on work and the economy, and heard reports about religious liberty issues in the United States and abroad.

They also listened as an Iraqi bishop made an impassioned plea on behalf of Iraq's dwindling Christian population and called on the U.S. prelates to press the Obama administration to take steps to protect religious rights in the Middle Eastern country.

Haitians are key to overcoming daunting challenges, archbishop says

Haitians worked on a test garden for growing hot peppers in Chardonnieres, Haiti, in September. A local community group with help from Catholic Relief Services was engaged in a multiyear program of soil conservation, health training and agricultural improvements — all aimed at assisting farmers.

WASHINGTON -- In a nation challenged by debilitating poverty, a largely unresponsive government and the aftereffects of a devastating earthquake, Haitians themselves are their country's greatest resource for renewal and development, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami.

Addressing the closing session of the One Table, Many Partners National Solidarity Conference June 3, Archbishop Wenski said Haitians know best what they need and must play the main role in overcoming the numerous obstacles they face.

Immigration reform discussed in a civil tone

The U.S. Catholic bishops do not condone unlawful entry or
circumventions of our nation’s immigration laws. The bishops believe
that reforms are necessary in order for our nation’s immigration system
to respond to the realities of separated families and labor demands that
compel people to immigrate to the United States, whether in an
authorized or unauthorized fashion.

Our nation’s economy
demands foreign labor, yet there are insufficient visas to meet this

Immigration reform discussed in a civil tone

The U.S. Catholic bishops do not condone unlawful entry or circumventions of our nation's immigration laws. The bishops believe that reforms are necessary in order for our nation's immigration system to respond to the realities of separated families and labor demands that compel people to immigrate to the United States, whether in an authorized or unauthorized fashion.

Archdiocese launches Campaign for Religious Liberty

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has announced that the Archdiocese of St. Louis is launching a "Campaign for Religious Liberty."

The six-month campaign will begin on Sunday, May 27, the feast of Pentecost, and end Nov. 25, the solemnity of Christ the King. Priests in the archdiocese were notified of the campaign this week in a letter from the archbishop.

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